Tampa, Florida –U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington today sentenced Jacorian Rashawn Brown (24, Brandon) and Jessica Duenas Nicholas (45, Brandon) to federal prison for conspiracy and armed robbery. Brown was sentenced to 12 years and 9 months in federal prison, and Nicholas was sentenced to 4 years and 9 months’ imprisonment. As part of their sentences, the Court also entered a money judgment in the amount of $11,948, the proceeds of the charged criminal conduct.
Brown and Nicolas pleaded guilty on February 16, 2017.
According to court documents, on July 9, 2016, Brown and Nicholas robbed the Murphy USA gas station in Wimauma of $11,948. Ten days later, the couple attempted to rob the Murphy USA gas station in Gibsonton, but were unsuccessful. On July 23, 2016, Brown and Nicholas returned to the Wimauma gas station to attempt another robbery. However, they were arrested before the robbery could take place. Investigators recovered two semi-automatic pistols and nearly 100 rounds of ammunition from inside their vehicle.
This case was investigated by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Carlton C. Gammons.